The 90’s were a strange time. It was the ending of an era a move away from the analogue life of old and a bold new step towards the digital and cyber age we now find ourselves in. But nothing, absolutely nothing, was as weird the host of MTV Europe shows back in the 90’s – one perfect example of this is Blur’s appearance on MTV’s Most Wanted back in 1995.
The show’s premise is simple, invite one of the biggest bands in the world on to the show, ask them to play some tunes, speak with fans, really get to know them etc. etc. All seems easy enough, and one can imagine that if this show was happening now that there would be a huge production ensuring that this would be slick and seamless. Not in 1995.
The production is chaotic – one suspects to be ‘down with those there kids’ – the camera work something to behold, and the jacket of the host is something unwaveringly upsetting (and routinely commented on by the band). But one thing that is brilliant is that Blur, in all their cockney charm plays a brief rendition of Oasis’ hit ‘Roll With It’ as well as a beautiful version of ‘The Universal’.
As part of their press work for the 1995 album The Great Escape, Blur took to the live late night show MTV’s Most Wanted to showcase their sparkling personalities alongside some of their new album.
At this point of the Blur journey, the band’s rivalry with Oasis was almost at fever pitch, the two bands representing opposing ends of the country and seemingly continuously butting heads with each other whilst being the biggest bands on the planet.
So here come 40 minutes of the above. That being, chaotic presenting, some of the oddest interview techniques you’ve ever witnessed, a lot of on-set drinking, some questionable gurning jaws, some diluted pupils, a beautiful live performance of ‘The Univer
sal’ backed with an orchestra and a cockney pub-piano version of Oasis’ ‘Roll With It’.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you ever wanted to know what pop stardom in the 90’s was like – here it is.